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Separate attacks forced more than 500 Cameroonians to cross to Nigeria

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More than 500 Cameroonian refugees from the south-west of the country have been displaced in Nigeria’s Rivers State following a deadly separatist attack on the border on Monday that left scores of civilians dead.

The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has confirmed the reception of more than 500 refugees who it says are already housed in Boki Local Government Area of ​​the state.

At a press conference held by SEMA in the capital Cross River, Calabar, she said attacks by militants trying to secede from Cameroon to form Ambazonia were forcing a large number of Cameroonians to flee, especially from the Bashu region in the southwest.

For years Cameroon has been plagued by separatist attacks in the English-speaking region that have claimed thousands of lives, mostly by security forces.

At least 20 people, all civilians, were killed in a separatist attack on the Bushu community on the Cameroon-Nigeria border on Monday night.

SEMA chairman Princewill Ayim said they were not yet sure if any of the victims were Nigerians, but said the agency, with the help of other international agencies assisting refugees, was working to reach them. area of ​​Bushi.